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Six LeT militants involved in killing of army officer

May 12, 2017 05:34 AM
Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz

Srinagar: Six militants from the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen were involved in the abduction and killing of a young army officer in Shopian district of Kashmir and a massive manhunt has been launched to catch them, defence sources said on Thursday.

The bullet-riddled body of 22-year-old Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz from Kashmir was found in Harmen area of Shopian on Wednesday morning, hours after he was abducted by militants from Batpura village.

“We have identified six militants who were involved in the killing of Fayaz. The militants are from Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen,” a source said.

The army had on Wednesday vowed to punish the killers of Fayaz and said the incident marks a watershed moment in Kashmir Valley as people there will decisively turn the tide against terrorism.

Calling the attack a “dastardly act of cowardice” by militants, defence minister Arun Jaitley had said Fayaz’s sacrifice reiterates the nation’s commitment to eliminate terrorism from the valley.

 

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